A Concrete Skeleton in Miami: One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects
Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: 1000 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, Florida (US)
Although the name may suggest otherwise, One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects is a 62-storey residential tower located opposite Museum Park and enjoying a view over Biscayne Bay. As one of the most important public spaces in downtown Miami, the 30-hectare park is home to many art institutions and scientific museums.
Fluid lateral lines support the stiffening building components to transfer the load of the fibreglass-reinforced concrete formwork. The hurricane-resistant pipe construction that fans out at the building’s base and the corners of the tower is designed to counteract horizontal wind forces. Behind the concrete skeleton, a crystal-like façade contrasts with the solidity of One Thousand Museum.
A virtually support-free interior design is achieved with the frame structure, whose occasional curves in the concrete skeleton produce slightly different floor plans on each level of the building. According to Chris Lepine, Project Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, the overall structure is thicker or thinner as needed, which creates continuity between the architecture and engineering.